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Survey Data Collection and the Covid-19 Pandemic (SDCCP)


Survey data are a basis for evidence-based decisions

of political actors and for social science research. During the Covid-19

pandemic, a multitude of social science surveys have been conducted. Yet, there

is a surprising lack of a systematic evaluation of this data basis for Germany.

The few existing studies on this topic hint toward the fact that survey

practitioners departed from established design decision due to the pandemic

(e.g., face-to-face mode). Consequently, the data quality of survey that were

conducted as quick reaction on the pandemic remains unclear and, thus, it is an

open question on which basis important political decisions and scientific

recommendations were/are made. Biased data can simply result in biased

decisions and recommendations. The present project aims at closing this

research gap by systematically collecting data on social science surveys that

were conducted during or with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic. These surveys

will be systematically classified based on their design characteristics and

evaluated with respect to their data quality.

2022-03-01 – 2025-02-28


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